1. The Fiske Family
2. The Bennetts
3. The Dicksons
4. The Abbey
5. Landmarks and Personalities
6. The Great Road
7. The South Side
8. Merriams and Fields
9. Sold to Riley
10. Early Automobiles
11. The Dump
 
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THE SOUTH SIDE

 

snarling and never speaking to anyone. Her farm at the junction     of Highland Street and South Avenue seemed to be overrun      with noisy geese that greeted us with shrill cackles whenever       we drove or rode past. I was afraid of geese having read in some fairy tale about how they attacked children, holding them down   with their beaks and flapping them with their wings.
   Mrs. Leadbetter made frequent trips on foot to visit her   daughter who lived on Rice Road in Wayland, and she had    beaten a path through the woods off Highland Street to shorten   the distance. Although I never explored her path, I knew the    points where it crossed the woodroads we frequented, and I always felt a little uneasy at these intersections. If she happened    to feel tired along the way, she would lie down and take a nap    and I often saw her stretched out among the ferns by the road- side. It was a weird sight, that little bundle of black rags with a   pair of legs protruding.
   Just beyond Mrs. Leadbetter's path was Davey's driveway, nearly half a mile long and leading up the hill to a large un-    finished house. Graffiti artists had decorated boulders near the driveway entrance with Davey the Boy Broker — the termin-  ology used by the Press when he was in the daily headlines.       Mr. Davey had been a young broker and had made a lot of money through some questionable manipulations, and he went to jail   before the house was very far along. For years it stood there, uncared for and exposed on all sides to the elements. Its partially covered windows, rough-boarded floors and half lathed walls   gave it the appearance of being haunted, and loose pieces of material, slapping in the breeze, seemed to be activated by the  spirit of the unfortunate Mr. Davey.

 

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